MACkite Presents:  The 12th annual King of the Great Lakes – TEST FEST 2012
September 28th – 30th, 2012

MACkite would like to invite you to the 12th annual King of the Great Lakes Kiteboarding Competition and Test Fest. From September 28-30, MACkite will be hosting a family-friendly kiteboarding competition formally known as the King of the Great Lakes (KoGL). The Beaches of Grand Haven will be filled with Kites ranging in size from 3 meters to 17 meters. It is hard to imagine we had four guys show up in 2001 and this year we expect 30-40 competitors and over 100 kiteboarders.

New this year at KoGL Test Fest: The MACkite Trainer Kite Field will be available for all event attendees. Trainer kites ranging in size from 1.7 sq meters to 4 sq meters will be available to fly alongside a MACkite or pro rider instructor throughout the day for a 15-minute mini trainer lesson. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who has been interested in the sport of kiteboarding or even power kiting to get a hands on introduction to the sport in a safe and fun environment.

Registered demo riders and registered “Party-goers” who are present will be eligible for free swag giveaways. Each paid registered attendee will receive swag drawing tickets, admittance to MACkite’s Friday & Saturday night rider parties, an event tee, Swag Bag, and access to all the 2013 demo kiteboarding gear. There will be an estimated $50,000-$75,000 worth of demo gear available for registered riders. We will have most of the 2013 gear available from our manufacturers. Gear demos are subject to rider ability.

Best Kiteboarding has made the MACkite KoGL Test Fest a scheduled stop on their east coast “Ride With Us” Demo Tour. This year they plan on bringing the Best tour bus, four pro riders, fifteen 2013 kites, and seven 2013 boards to Grand Haven and make them available for demo riders. That is an amazing $20,000 worth of 2013 gear that will be on the beach from Best alone. Best Kiteboarding and MACkite will also be live broadcasting product seminars and event info from City Beach in Grand Haven. Links will be available at

This year professional kiteboarders from around the country will be attending. Pro riders Matt Collins and Brent Beringhouse of Cabrinha Kiteboarding ( will be attending the event. Pro rider Blake Olsen will be representing Liquid Force Kiteboarding ( Also attending pro riders: Chris Bobryk, Nicole Corbett, and Ryan Evans from Best Kiteboarding (

Come ask questions and learn from the pros. Riding and gear clinics will be held with the pros throughout late morning and afternoon. Seminars will include rider safety, course racing and gear tech.

This event will be fun for everyone with or without wind. So bring your family and a few beach chairs and enjoy the shenanigans of the MACkite crew and all the local and pro riders.

Event times:
Friday 1pm-7pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm

For more information and to register please go to: